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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I chose top bar hives because I wanted something cheap and needed it ASAP. I have a good friend with Langstroths and from time to time I help him with his boxes. They can be very heavy! I appreciate...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    As I prepare for the spring, I have a few things to add. For one, excess water in the hive found its way into the traps. I didn't see this last year, but this year I had one hive I had to feed...
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    Re: middle or end?

    Foxhound said it. I've tried both center and end entrances. I prefer end entrances for the reasons already stated. Give them about 8 bars and use a follower board. Don't give them the whole hive....
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    Extra comb is one of the perks of having other hives; you don't need comb guides to start a new one, you just put a comb between every other bar and the bees will draw new comb between them nice and...
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    Do you have good comb guides? That's more important. I start out with wedges. I do wax the very tip of the wedge but that's it.
  6. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    You're welcome. Best of luck!
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    Ray, I appreciate it. I agree with your analysis as well.
    Msscha, you don't see any queen cups, so unless there are some in the cross combing, the bees don't seem to think it's time to swarm. Put...
  8. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    RayMarler, my bad. I assumed you meant something more invasive. Clearly, we were on the same wavelength.
  9. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Do you have to split? No queen cells and six empty bars still gives you room to grow. You might want to rehive the colony into your new hive to better control what the bees consider an entrance, move...
  10. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Personally, I wouldn't try fixing it with brood and the queen in the midst of it. You will not only kill brood, you could kill the queen, too. I would place empty brood combs at the front end of the...
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    Re: Three dead hives...

    It's possible that the hives didn't all die from the same causes. In winter, excessive moisture in the hive kills bees. I don't know how quickly your winter weather set in this year, or how cold it...
  12. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Mike, thanks for the followup post. I haven't needed to use my rescue bars yet. Based on your experience, it looks like I'll be making some framed bars, too, just in case.
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    Bsmith, I inset the plexiglass to be flush with the wall and then just use small finishing nails to hold it in place, no caulking. The bees propolise the edges of the windows and seal it themselves....
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I, too, have Mangum's book and frequently go through it. Highly recommend it.
    I got a lot of scrap plexiglass and glass for free last time I was at Lowe's and was able to get two observation windows...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I do want to mention that I got perfect comb on 17 1/2" bars without any interference by me, but I had to watch the longer bars carefully and constantly correct curves. But longer bars give more...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I'm sure you picked up on it, but to avoid confusion, the degrees I used (110 and 120) are for the obtuse angle of the wall to the inside of the hive floor rather than the acute angle of the outside...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    You do want that 120 degree slope, and all my hives are 1"x12"'s. Other than that, bar length is up to you. I've tried 17 1/2" and 20". To get the proper slope for the shorter bars, the combs really...
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    Re: ventilation

    Shannon, I've read that what's bad for varroa tends to be good for SHB and vice versa, unfortunately.
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    Re: ventilation

    One other thing to consider regarding hive ventilation. There is a direct relationship between hive humidity and varroa mite reproduction. The higher the relative humidity in the hive, the lower the...
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    Re: ventilation

    In summer, the bees will tell you if they need more ventilation by bearding around the entrance. If I don't see bearding, I leave them be. But too much moisture in the hive in winter is a killer, so...
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    Re: Confused Bees - what can I do?

    I had to make a similar move once and did it over the course of a week or so, moving the hive only a few feet at a time. The bees were still a bit confused, and would circle about the old position,...
  22. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    I've not had a bar with added chamfer molding fall apart. I glue them first and then add a few nails. I suspect the glue alone might not hold up in the hive humidity, although if the bees completely...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Okay, it's been since August since I updated this so it's time for another one.
    One hive ended up very light on stores this fall so I had to feed it heavily. This gave me an opportunity to get some...
  24. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    Neil, will you be using a follower board? My method is to limit the bees starting out to 7 or 8 bars with a follower board. Those are the only bars that need guides. Once the bees have drawn comb,...
  25. Re: First TBH built in 2015, in Texas-Scrap Wood Top Bar Hive

    It's looking good! My first hive is 4' long with 20" bars and originally had a screened bottom with a board that could be raised and lowered, but then I began to experiment. I tried Chandler's...
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